Hong Kong: Closed

A severe tropical storm passed through Hong Kong this morning and the goverment instated the highest weather warning of Typhoon Signal 8 at around 10:30pm last night.  Because of that, our office along with pretty much everything else in Hong Kong, was shut down until the warning signal was lowered to a 3.  It makes sense when you consider that most of Hong Kong is water.

So that means that I was up every 30 minutes or so after my alarm went off to check the Hong Kong Observatory website to see what alerts were raised.  As long as the Signal 8 was in effect, the ferries to leave our island wouldn’t run, the busses to leave our apartment wouldn’t run and as far as I know, even if I were to make it out of Discovery Bay alive, the MTR trains don’t run either.  So, as I said, Hong Kong shuts down.

If the signal persists to 2:00pm then we can forget about work and do whatever.  But if the signal lowers before then we have to come to work within 2 hours.  That kind of sucks.  So when I saw that the signal had changed back to a 3 at around 11:30am I reluctantly took my smelly self to the shower and got cleaned up.  I had to go to work.

It’s not a bad thing.  I have a lot to do today.

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3 Responses to “Hong Kong: Closed”

  1. VegasDad says:

    That sucks. Why couldn’t it stall at like four or something.

  2. yoshi says:

    Yeah, that’s gotta suck. Too bad it didn’t last longer. I totally miss the typhoon parties we used to have.

  3. Gail says:

    We had an alert when we were there on honeymoon. It was a litle scary but also exciting for a brit who only experiences ‘average’weather conditions. I think it almost got to the shut down stage.

    Does this happen quite a lot there then during certain times?

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